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Washington Community Theater to present, 'And then there were none'

Union photo by Gretchen Teske

Annamarie Ward and Shawn Brigance share a scene during a rehearsal of “And Then There Were None” on Tuesday, Oct. 8. The Agatha Christy whodunit mystery will be playing at the Washington Community Center Oct. 11-12, 18-20.
Union photo by Gretchen Teske Annamarie Ward and Shawn Brigance share a scene during a rehearsal of “And Then There Were None” on Tuesday, Oct. 8. The Agatha Christy whodunit mystery will be playing at the Washington Community Center Oct. 11-12, 18-20.
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A whodunit murder mystery has made its way to the main stage as the Washington Community Theater will be presenting Agatha Christy’s “And Then There Were None” the next two weekends.

Director Lynnette Loula has directed more than 30 shows at Washington High School before retiring a few years ago. Now, she has channeled her energy into directing at the Washington Community Center and has lead about six productions.

“I can’t live without directing,” she said with a laugh.

Loula said she chose this show because she is a big fan of Agatha Christy and wanted to bring one of her pieces back to the main stage. She directed the show about 10 years ago for Washington High School and because it was something she was familiar with, she felt confident she could help bring the characters to life again.

According to program notes, “And Then There Were None” was first written as a novel by Agatha Christy before being turned into a play in 1939. The show tells the story of 10 strangers who are all lured to an island mansion for a dinner. Over the course of a few days, characters mysteriously begin to die one by one until there is one left.

Loula said the show is fun for audiences because it is a “whodunit” and invites the audience to be engaged and try to figure out who the killer is. She said although the show is not a comedy, it has humor and provides a fun experience for all.

“Just to see something live is so exciting and I strongly encourage people to see live theater as often as they can,” she said.

“And then there were none” will play at the Washington Community Center at 7:30 p.m. Oct 11, 12, 18 and 19 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.